Tammy Abraham has started this season in an impressive manner and Didier Drogba is not at all surprised to see that. He has passed on his entire knowledge about the game to Tammy when he played for Chelsea and so he is confident about the youngster. Abraham, who is just Continue Reading
SIMILARITIES IN STRIKERS
Former Chelsea striker Daniel Sturridge has stated that he feels Fernando Torres and Luiz Suarez are very much similar to each other.
The England international has played with both these players extensively and he feels that there is not much to separate them. Torres is considered as one of finest strikers to have put on the Liverpool shirt, while the same can also be said of Suarez as well. After coming to Anfield in a £ 26 million deal from Atletico Madrid, Torres managed to score 81 goals in just 142 matches for the club. Suarez also came to the club for around the same money two years ago.
Sturridge says that Suarez is more like him in that he tries to dribble a lot and confuse his opponents, while Torres looks forward to scoring goals more than anything else. Sturridge has been a hit at Liverpool after joining the club in a £ 12 million deal from Chelsea last January. This season, he has managed to form an excellent partnership with Luis Suarez upfront. The duo have scored 18 goals in the league alone between them. They recently helped Liverpool rescue a point at Goodison Park in the 3-3 draw with Everton.
“I don’t feel there is that much difference between them as they are world-class footballers, although obviously they have contrasting styles. Torres is more of an out-and-out goalscorer and Luis is a bit more like me, where he can play through the middle but drop off and have a dribble at different times. They have both scored goals for fun in the Premier League and Torres was frightening at Liverpool,” said Sturridge.
Suarez scored with a wonderful freekick, while Sturridge equalised in the dying moments of the match. Sturridge has blamed Chelsea for not getting the best out of him.
CHELSEA WANT STRIKERS
With each week passing by and the rumors piling up as some players become available and their current situation with their respective clubs gets worse, Chelsea was believed to be on the lookout for a number of players for the January transfer window.
The main attacking force of Chelsea Fernando Torres, Samuel Eto’o and Demba Ba have been struggling to add goals for the club in this season and it was one of the reasons why Jose Mourinho wanted to sign Wayne Rooney this past summer.
Romelu Lukaku was allowed to join Everton on loan which was a fairly odd decision considering that he would be a great addition and can help boost the club’s morale but more important are the amount of goals that he will be able to score in Chelsea.
“If you tell me Sergio Agüero has scored already 10 or 12 goals, Alvaro Negredo 10 or 12 goals, Edin Dzeko four or five, Rooney eight or 10, Olivier Giroud eight or 10, Daniel Sturridge eight or 10, Luis Suárez 10 or 12, if you ask me would I like my strikers to score eight-10-12 goals, yes,”.
“If we had eight-10-12 goals from the strikers we would be top of the league. That’s a reality but my strikers give everything and the team works hard. What can you do more? We work, we keep working. That’s the only way I know is to keep working’’.
“Of course we want the best possible results, but I am not waiting for players, I am not asking for players. This is a period for the club and this is a period of my team where we have to try and improve the players we have and try to build a future’’. Mourinho said.
Even though all the forward of Chelsea still have not found their stride in this season, Mourinho claimed that he will not be asking for funds in January and instead will work with current squad for the remainder of the season.
MANCINI CHASES TERRY
The manager of Galatasaray SK, Roberto Mancini, has John Terry in his list for the upcoming mid-season transfer window. It would be pretty tough to lure Terry away from Chelsea at this stage of his career, but, Mancini is ready to do that. According to the reports, he is planning to offer Terry a long deal.
Terry is going to be out of contract at Stamford Bridge at the end of this season and Chelsea doesn’t give its veteran players (players of the age of more than 30) a big contract extension. Roberto Mancini is looking to take advantage of that. He wants to provide Terry the job security by offering him a long deal and we should not be surprised if he succeeds in his mission of landing the 32 years old English centre-back at Turk Telekom Arena.
If Terry decides to sign for the Turkish giants, he will get the opportunity to play alongside one of his closest mates Didier Drogba again and that’s the other thing which might attract him towards Galatasaray.
However, Terry has flourished under Jose Mourinho at Chelsea this season and it doesn’t look like he will part ways with the West London Club that easily. Just a few days ago, in one of his interviews, he had hailed Mourinho and had said that he owes the Portuguese manager a lot.
Terry had said, “I am privileged to be playing under Jose again. He has helped me a lot in my career and when I had heard that he was coming back to Chelsea, you can’t imagine how happy I was.”
“I was looking to impress Jose and I am glad that I succeeded.”
Terry is close to making 400 Premier League appearances for Chelsea.
DROGBA SHOOTS AND SCORES
Former Chelsea striker Didier Drogba once again reminded Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger that he was not right in not choosing to sign him up when he had the chance almost a decade ago. Drogba has been one of the best strikers in Europe over the last decade.
However, he was an unknown player when he was playing with the French club Le Mans. He played at this French club for a period of four years from 1998 to 2002. Wenger sent out his scouts to watch the young Ivory Coast international, but in the end decided not to sign him.
He was eventually brought to the Premier league by Chelsea, who paid £ 24 million for his services. Even though it seemed a huge amount of money at that time, Drogba has more than repaid the faith by scoring more than 150 goals during his eight seasons at the club. He has also won all the major trophies with Chelsea including the Champions league title. In his eight years at Chelsea, Drogba scored a sensational 14 goals against Arsenal, which is his best against any team. He is right now playing for Turkish club Galatasaray, but returned to haunt Arsenal with yet another goal return.
Drogba scored both goals in the 2-1 win over Arsenal in the Emirates cup.
“We watched him carefully when he was at Le Mans. It was not only us who watched him. But we felt he might not be completely ready. It was a mistake but, when you are in football, everyone can understand. We had Thierry Henry. We said we would follow Drogba’s progress. We never ruled him out,” said Arsenal manager in 2009. “I don’t know how much Chelsea miss him but we don’t miss him. He did a lot of damage against us in every game,” said Wenger after Drogba left Chelsea.
DROGBA READY FOR MLS
After playing for two different clubs in the last season, Didier Drogba is ready to make a move again this summer. According to the reports, Drogba has again got an offer from MLS and he might be on his way to USA. However, it’s clear that the Ivory Coast striker is not going to join New York Red Bulls.
Drogba had got a luring offer from MLS last year as well, but, he had rejected that offer and had opted to join the Chinese club Shanghai Shenhua.
Drogba had signed a deal of 2 and half years with Shenhua, but, he left the club only after 6 months because of some financial controversies. He managed to make his mark during his brief stay in China though. He featured for Shenhua in 11 games and netted 8 times.
After leaving Shenhua, Drogba signed for the Turkish Super Lig club Galatasaray SK and continued his good form there as well. He put up some fine performances and guided Cimbom to the league title.
Drogba played a total of 11 games for Galatasaray in the last season and scored 5 goals.
In one of his interviews last year, when Drogba was asked why he rejected the MLS offer, he had said, “After spending so much time in England, I wanted to move to a place where the culture is different. That’s why; I decided to sign for Shenhua.”
“If I manage to achieve my targets here at Shenhua in the next couple of seasons, I would like to play in another league, maybe MLS.”
Drogba had been offered a huge annual salary of 10 million Dollars by MLS last year. If he had accepted that offer, he would have become the highest-paid player in MLS.
BENITEZ NOT WORRIED
Former Liverpool and Valencia manager Rafa Benitez has said that he will not be out of work for long once he leaves Chelsea at the end of the season. Since leaving Inter Milan after just six months, Benitez found himself out of work for almost 2 years before being hired by Chelsea.
However, he feels that he has done an extremely good job with the current European champions in such a way that it will not take long for him to find work again. Benitez is on course to winning the Europa league with Chelsea this season.
Chelsea fans have never accepted the former Liverpool man on allegations that he has been heavily critical of the West London outfit during his time at Liverpool. However, Benitez repeatedly stated that he was not going to be worried about the criticism from the fans because he is a professional and he wants Chelsea to win as long as he is contracted to them.
Due to the vocal disapproval from Chelsea fans, which has not subsided even after several months, Chelsea are not expected to renew the contract of Benitez wants it comes to an end this season. Hence, he could be on the market for a new club once again.
“A coach or manager has to concentrate on winning games and then your agent can talk to people. I prefer just to talk about what I’m doing now and what I want to do on Sunday. I have a contract until the end of the season. If I say ‘yes’ we’ll have another… Someone will maybe interpret it in a different way. I don’t want to create a situation that might destabilise where we are at the moment. At the moment we are so close to the end of the season and we have so many important games and I have to concentrate on games,” said Benitez.
ALLEGRI LIKES DROGBA
The AC Milan manager Massimiliano Allegri has indicated that he would be glad to see the presence of the striker Didier Drogba at the club.
The Ivory Coast international is currently at the Chinese club Shanghai Shenhua after leaving Chelsea on a free transfer at the end of the last season. He helped the Premier league club lift the Champions League title for the first time in their history, and he is still regarded as one of the best strikers in the world. Even though Drogba is 34 years of age, he has managed to keep himself fit and still has plenty of years left in him.
AC Milan had been struggling a lot without the lack of prolific strikers in the Italian league. The presence of the youngster Stephan El Shaarawy has not been able to compensate for the loss of Zlatan Ibrahimovic, while the recent loss of Alexandre Pato only adds to the struggles for the team. Milan have identified Drogba as a potential transfer target in January given that the striker is keen to return to Europe. Many clubs like Juventus and Chelsea were linked with him a few weeks ago, but they have dropped out of the running. Allegri, though, has indicated that Drogba will make for a great signing.
“Champions of his (Drogba) calibre are very welcome. (Vice-president Adriano) Galliani will know if the deal is feasible. I’m calm, the club is just thinking about what could help us out and what we could do about it. A player like Drogba would certainly improve both the technical level and self-esteem of the team. We’ll see what the club are able to do, otherwise we’ll carry on as we are, looking to have a good second half of the season because that is our objective,” said Allegri.
LIVERPOOL LINKED TO DROGBA
Liverpool have identified the former Chelsea striker Didier Drogba as the man to solve the striker crisis at the club. The 34-year-old striker is currently playing for the club Shanghai Shenhua, but the season in the Chinese football is about to get completed.
This means that Didier Drogba will not have any matches to play before the start of the African cup of nations. In order to improve his fitness by the time the tournament starts, it is thought that the Ivory Coast international will be looking to play for another team in the meantime. Liverpool are in a striker crisis at the moment after having sold Andy Carroll on loan deal till the end of the season.
The summer acquisition Fabio Borini has also been recently injured, thus meaning that the Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers will be without any other striker other than Luis Suarez for the next three months. This will mean an incredible workload on the Uruguay striker, who has played in every match for the club so far this season. Didier Drogba may have been not offered a contract by Chelsea, but he still regarded as one of the best players in the world after almost single-handedly helping the club win the Champions League last season.
In order to maintain his fitness, Didier Drogba is expected to be training with the Premier league club. However, such a move is subject to the agreement from the Chinese club, while several Premier league conditions also have to be met. It is, however, not new to Merseyside club to bring in a player for a few months after Everton have had extraordinary success with the LA Galaxy star Landon Donovan, who came to the club in two different loan spells. Didier Drogba will captain the Ivory Coast side who have qualified for the African cup of nations in January.
STILL NO PEACE
Shanghai Shenhua owner Zhu Jun has said that there is still not peace at the club over the boardroom dispute between him and the other shareholders at the club. The billionaire owner Zhu Jun is currently the main reason for the club to be having players like Nicolas Anelka and Didier Drogba on-board.
Both players are thought to be earning close to £ 250,000 per week, which would have been unimaginable in Europe. Due to the fact that the Chinese league still does not generate a lot of revenue itself, Shanghai Shenhua depends a lot upon the owner Zhu Jun to fund the club.
However, he is not happy with the club do to the fact that the other board members have backtracked on their word that he would be given majority stake in the club after a few years. It has been five seasons of constant development at the club without Zhu Jun getting any majority stake. As a result, he is threatening to pull out of the club, which would threaten the entire existence of the club itself. It would also mean that Didier Drogba and Nicolas Anelka could be released from their contracts.
“Now, I made a difficult decision to believe you one more time, one last time! And this time I have a deadline: two weeks,” said the owner in a recent interview. “If this issue is not resolved satisfactorily, from October Zhu Jun might take action. If the issue of Drogba’s salary is still not effectively handled, he might again book a ticket home,” said a close source to the club on the national newspaper. Following the arrival of Didier Drogba, the club has been making consistent improvements in the league position. They are currently ninth in the table, which is a major improvement from the 14th position.
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